Twitter banned in Nigeria! The Nigerian government has said it will ban Twitter indefinitely after the country’s president deleted a controversial tweet.
However, when the ban starts has not been given, with the announcement made on the social media platform. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari warned suspected separatist extremists in the southeast in a message posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
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Twitter removed the tweet on Wednesday, citing it as offensive, and the Nigerian government announced the website’s probable suspension on Friday.
The full tweet from President Buhari said:
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War.
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Twitter confirmed in a statement that it was looking into the “very distressing” suspension of the platform in Nigeria.
Lai Mohammed, the country’s communications minister, stated that the move was made because Twitter was being used for “actions capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
He added that “the mission of Twitter in Nigeria is very suspicious” and that the site had ignored past tweets “inciting” against the country.
The developments in Nigeria come as Facebook announced that Donald Trump would be suspended from their site until 2023 to react to the Capitol riots.
Can presidents relax and use social media wisely or leave it for the millennials?